Motivational Interviewing Part 3: Tools & Techniques

In part 3 of this four-part series on Motivational Interviewing, the presenter, Ed Stellon (MS, MA, CADC), provides several tools and techniques for effective motivational interviewing. He begins the presentation by reviewing "RULE" - Resist the righting reflex, Understand your client's motivation, Listen to your client, and Empower your client. Stellon continues by describing and demonstrating the OARS tool: Open-ended questions, Affirmations, Reflections, and Summaries. Stellon leads the audience through an extensive application of these skills using real-life case studies and examples. He concludes the presentation with a session on identifying and evoking change talk, including providing another useful acronym with the many forms of change talk, such as desire, need, and commitment.

This presentation was recorded at the Meeting Social Services Needs in the Current Climate training institute held in Evanston, IL in August 2012.

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